The Bling Ring by Nancy Jo Sales Book Review

In time for the 2013 film The Bling Ring directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Emma Watson: an in-depth exposé of the exploits of the infamous Hollywood “Bling Ring”-a band of beautiful, privileged teenagers who were caught breaking into celebrity mansions and stealing millions of dollars’ worth of valuables

Meet the Bling Ring: six club-hopping LA teenagers accused of stealing more than $3 million in clothing and jewelry from the likes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bilson and other young members of the Hollywood elite-allegedly the most audacious burglary gang in recent history.

Driven by celebrity worship, vanity, and the desire to look and dress like the rich and famous, the Bling Ring made headlines in 2009 for using readily available sources-like Google maps, Facebook and TMZ, to track the comings and goings of their targets. Seven teens were arrested for the crimes, and instantly became tabloid fodder. The world asked-how did the American obsession with celebrity get so out of hand? And why did a band of ostensibly privileged LA teens take such a risk?

Vanity Fair reporter Nancy Jo Sales found the answer: they did it because they could. And because it was just that easy.

Author of the acclaimed Vanity Fair story on the Bling Ring “The Suspect Wore Louboutins,” Sales gained unprecedented access to the Hollywood thieves, and in the process uncovered a dark world of teenage arrogance, greed, obsession, and delusion. Now, for the first time in a full book length work, Sales details the Bling Ring crimes up close and in depth, and reveals the key players’ stories in a shocking look at the seedy world of the real young Hollywood.


img_7459The Bling Ring by Nancy Jo Sales is different than any book that I’ve read (I’m sure there are plenty of other books like it but none that I know). I expected the book to be a story but it was like a really long article. The way it was written originally repulsed me but I eventually I started loving the writing style.

I found the story of these teens in “The Bling Ring” very interesting. They live very different lives than my own but the fact that they live near Hollywood and all of it’s drama.  Nancy Jo Sales used quotes from members of “The Bling Ring”, articles and people close to them to help tell the story.

This group of teens would actually rob celebrities houses. Nick, one of the members told Nancy exactly how it worked and it is something that I would never be able to do. If I were robbing a house I would constantly be scared that they would come back and I would be caught. Nick mostly felt the same as I would.

Reading the story you get to see it from the point of view of some of “The Bling Ring” and police. While reading the parts when you are hearing some of the thoughts from police you want them to be caught and sent away. While reading “The Bling Ring’s” point of view you don’t want them to be caught. The story was very unbiased so you could think either way.

Personally I don’t think that “The Bling Ring” should get away with robbing celebrities houses because they are people too. People can get scared and no longer feel safe in their own home if they find out that someone went into their house. A lot of the celebrities interviewed for this book definitely were scared after being robbed.

You never really learn why they wanted to do the robbing other than they wanted to be famous. I believe that there must have been a more personal reason because it was scary for them to go into those houses (as told by a few members).

Other than learning about the robberies and “The Bling Ring” the book also gave you a history lesson on many things like fame. I found it all very interesting but much of that information didn’t relate to the story much.

I really enjoyed this book. Sure it had it’s flaws like too much information on unrelated subjects and relying too much on Nick (he was the basis for most of the story). I now want to read some of Nancy’s articles so that’s good. I gave this book a 3.5/5 stars (4 seemed like too much but 3 seemed like too little).

Have you read this book? Are you interested in the story surrounding the teens?


3 Comments Add yours

  1. MyBookJacket says:

    Oh yes I totally agree with you there. Celebrities are people too. It’s so annoying when people say they don’t have a right to ever be sad or stressed because they have it good. It’s so annoying. Didn’t know this was a book before a movie!

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